Central Valley Specialty Hospital - Therapy Modesto, California
Apr 30, 2018
POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services, the Speech–Language Pathologist is responsible for implementation of standards of care for speech language pathology services and assumes the responsibility of providing a comprehensive evaluation of communication skills and /or swallowing functions, and provides goal-orientated treatment to facilitate maximum communication and/or swallowing potential. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a program satisfying the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association’s academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Must hold a valid license issued by the State in which they are practicing, and have two (2) years of progressively responsible experience. The ability to communicate effectively with interdisciplinary staff, visitors, and members of the community is also required. Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state/or organization requirements and is in good working order. Possesses and maintains current CPR certification. The duties and responsibilities are listed below. It is the expectation of the institution that the employee be able to demonstrate competency in each area. It is the duty of the institution to provide orientation and performance evaluation in each area stated. DUTIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES: * Assesses patients’ communication skills (e.g., articulation, fluency, voice, expressive and receptive language, etc.) for the purpose of identifying communication disorders, determining program eligibility and developing recommendations for treatment. * Collaborates with a variety of groups and/or individuals (e.g., patients, physicians, administration, team members, other professionals, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, resolving issues, and providing services in compliance with established guidelines. * Develops treatment plans, interventions and/or educational materials for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of communication disorders in compliance with regulatory requirements. * Instructs assigned support staff for the purpose of providing information on communicative disorders, use of assistive devices and feeding techniques and/or implementing prescribed treatment plans. * Interprets medical reports within the scope of Speech/Language Pathologist’s experience and goals for the purpose of providing information and/or ensuring that treatment/intervention plans are appropriate. * Maintains files and/or records (e.g., progress reports, activity logs, billing information, treatment plans, required documentation, quarterly reports, screening results, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of information as required for reference and/or compliance. * Participates in staff meeting, in-services, and seminars (e.g., training, IEPs, team meetings, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information. * Conducts appropriate evaluative procedures, assesses home environment (as appropriate), and identifies equipment needs relative to speech/language function. * Identifies functional speech defects and establishes goals and plan of care to improve patients function and participates in the development of the plan of care. * Administers speech therapy program utilizing specialized therapeutic technique and/or equipment. * Recommends communication devices/aids as indicated. * Confers with referring physician and other organization personnel to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care with the interdisciplinary group. * As appropriate, participates in interdisciplinary group, in-services and other meetings required to ensure coordinated and compre¬hensive care. * Prepares and submits clinical and progress records per office policy or federal/state regulations. * Maintains clinical competency in speech language pathology practice and theory. * Instructs patient and family/caregiver and other team members ¬in the patients treatment regime as indicated. * May supervise home health aide in procedures directly related to the speech–language therapy. * Performs other duties as required to facilitate the delivery of speech language pathology services and swallowing assistive services. * Participates in peer consultation process and quality management. * Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.